Books can be an escape from reality: a window into different worlds that transport you to other times and places. It’s no wonder that reading is such a beloved pastime for many of us. From timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces, books promise to capture your imagination and leave you feeling enriched and excited to discover even more literary delights. So, grab your beverage of choice, curl up with a blanket, and let’s embark on a literary tour of some of the best books to read this year.
If you’re a fan of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, then you’re bound to be enchanted by The Rosie Project. This novel by Graeme Simsion follows quirky genetics professor Don Tillman as he sets out to find his perfect partner using his specially designed questionnaire.
As well as being warm and moving, the novel is an authentic exploration of neuro-divergence in relationships. The Rosie Project will speak to anyone who has ever felt like they don’t quite fit in.
If you love science, love stories or tales of perseverance, you’re in for a treat with Bonnie Garmus’ Lessons in Chemistry. Set in the mid-20th century, the novel follows the story of Elizabeth Zott, a passionate chemist and unconventional woman who finds herself as the host of America’s most beloved cooking show, Supper at Six.
As it turns out, Elizabeth is teaching more than just cooking, she is showing women how, in her own words: ‘Your ability to change everything – including yourself – starts here.’
Get ready for a page-turner that will leave you inspired, enlightened, and thoroughly entertained.
If you are a fan of suspenseful novels which explore the darker aspects of the human psyche, then How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie is an essential read.
The story follows Grace Bernard, a woman who harbours deep-seated resentment towards her dysfunctional family and is determined to get revenge against them. When her mother passes away, Grace sees an opportunity to confront her family and expose their secrets.
Mackie’s debut novel delivers a masterful combination of suspense, humour and heart that will keep you on edge until the end.
Julian Fellowes’ Gosford Park is a captivating novel that explores the lives of British aristocrats in the early 20th century. The story unfolds against the backdrop of the McCordle’s grand country estate, where a mix of upper and lower-class individuals converge for a weekend of hunting and relaxation.
But when a grim murder is discovered, an investigation unfolds that threatens the very foundations of Gosford Park. With delicious twists and turns, it ultimately provides readers with an intriguing look into the hidden vices of British Aristocracy and the power struggle of those behind their closed doors.
Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss out on Tom Felton’s autobiography, Beyond the Wand. Felton, who played antagonist and anti-hero Draco Malfoy in the film adaptations of the series, offers an intimate look into what it was like growing up on the set of some one of the most famous films in the world.
Felton’s candid storytelling gives readers an inside look at the life of a young actor, touching on everything from his brushes with the law, to behind-the-scenes secrets and his stints in rehab following substance abuse.
Muggles might want to swerve this one, though, as Felton regularly refers to things and people using the Harry Potter lexicon, which might leave those unfamiliar with the franchise scratching their heads. For the rest of us, it makes for a wizard of a read.
If none of these books tickle your fancy, there will be another 5 suggestions published on this site next Friday.
Jessica is a freelance copywriter and content writer based in Richmond-Upon-Thames. With a degree in English Literature from University College London, she has experience as a private tutor for 14-18 years olds and adult learners. She has also worked in Widening Participation as a Mentor, Student Ambassador, and Student Leader. As someone who achieved A-Levels through distance-learning, Jessica has first-hand experience of the unique challenges and rewards that distance-learning offers. She regularly contributes content to educational websites including eNotes and Tutorful.